IGU Forum Concludes Natural Gas Integral to Future Sustainability

| Spain, Barcelona | Source: IGU

IGU Logo (full)The 5th IGU Diplomatic Gas Forum in Madrid (22 November) included presentations and debate that point to natural gas’ key role in improving urban air quality and combating climate change. The conclusion drawn from this discussion:”Natural Gas to have a Fundamental Role in the Future Sustainable Energy Mix”. About 70 delegates from embassies of 30 countries and all regions attended the event. Read more »

IGU on World Energy Outlook 2017: Natural Gas a Fuel Unmatched

| Spain, Barcelona

IGU Logo (full)The Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) has published World Energy Outlook 2017 in which the central theme is of a world in energy transition as traditional ways are upended in favour of renewables and cleaner choices through technology advancements. The International Gas Union (IGU) draws much optimism from the report which cites the “strong environmental dimension” in the case for natural gas and lauds natural gas’ “multiple roles across the energy system that no other fuel or technology can match”. Read more »

IGU Case Studies: Natural Gas – Cleaner Cities

| Spain, Barcelona

(Source: IGU)

“The use of natural gas as a fuel for both road and marine transport pioneered in Berlin and Rotterdam shows that the positive impact of natural gas goes well beyond the more well-known use as a fuel in power and heat generation.” — IGU Case Studies in Improving Urban Air Quality – New edition

The economic cost of air pollution is astronomical; its indiscriminate and widespread impact humanity has upscaled health issues, not just in cities, where it is most evident, but along highways, coasts and elsewhere. It has no regard for borders and pays scant heed to diminutive policies and selfish objectives. One solution on the path to addressing this global issue is the increased use of natural gas, says IGU, which has released a new edition of case studies depicting efforts to bring about change. Read more »

IGU Responds to World Energy Outlook 2016

| Spain, Barcelona

IGU Logo (full)The International Gas Union (IGU) says one of the key findings of the just-released 2016 World Energy Outlook (WEO – 2016) published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), is a positive and welcome message for the gas sector. That message is: greater use of natural gas is a vital part of the transition to a low-carbon economy. The IGU urges policymakers to set clear strategies and policies that support the expanded role of natural gas in the energy mix as they look to achieve a sustainable energy future.  Read more »

IGU Secretariat Relocates to Barcelona

| Spain, Barcelona

Luis Bertrán Rafecas Assumes Position of IGU Secretary General

The International Gas Union (IGU)’s secretariat has relocated from Oslo, Norway to Barcelona, Spain, with Gas Natural Fenosa and Sedigas becoming the new Secretariat host organizations. The move follows the appointment of Mr. Luis Bertrán Rafecas to the position of Secretary General, taking over from Pål Rasmussen, effective 1st November. Read more »

IGU Discusses Barriers and Opportunities for LNG Marine Fuel

Terntank Ternsund June 2016

Dual-fuel M/T Ternsund will operate in northern European waters.

The International Gas Union (IGU)’s Utilization Committee has published a paper authored by Felix Apfel, Jr. Project Manager for Gas for Transport, GAZPROM Germania, to stimulate discussion about the increasing pressures faced by the shipping industry – both from within its own ranks and from policymakers – to become a clean form of transport. Apfel investigates where those pressures comes from and proposes measures needed to address them if the opportunities offered by natural gas as a marine fuel are to be exploited. Read more »

St. Petersburg to Host LNG 2022

| Australia, Perth

St. PetersburgThe co-organizers of the LNG International Conference & Exhibition –the International Gas Union (IGU), the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) — announced in Perth, Australia, at the opening ceremony of LNG 18 that the world’s most important liquefied natural gas conference will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia in the spring of 2022. The event is considered to be the world’s premier LNG conference, attracting high level delegates that include energy ministers, CEOs, civil society and academia from all over the world. Read more »

New IGU Triennium First Meets in Cartegena

| Colombia, Cartegena

Colombia - IGU Council Mtg Oct2015The first Executive Committee and Council meetings of the new IGU Triennium (2015-2018) were held from 20-23 October in the city of Cartagena, Colombia, attended by NGV Global. The event was hosted by the Asociación Colombiana de Gas Natural – Naturgas. Delegates were treated to the warm Colombian hospitality and were provided with glimpses of the history, culture and food that make Colombia such a special place to visit.  Read more »